Chad Neisen has attended his local Ducks Unlimited (DU) event at the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen County for the last several years. “When I won the artwork at the event last year, I didn’t realize I also qualified to win a new Chevy Truck. I just liked the artwork because we have chocolate labs.” Neisen says he's a pretty even-tempered guy and never lets most things in life get him too worked up. “My heart was pumping a little faster just before I won the truck,” said Neisen, "but I left the screams for winning to my wife.”
Chad Neisen, pictured with wife, Kimberly Scott-Neisen of Mahnomen, MN, won a new 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 4 X 4 on February 11, 2017 at the Minnesota Ducks Unlimited State Convention in Willmar, MN.
Neisen was one of hundreds of qualifiers attending Minnesota DU events over the past 12 months. He was then one of five statewide finalists for a new 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 4 X 4. The truck was awarded Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the Minnesota Ducks Unlimited State Convention in Willmar, Minnesota. He randomly selected the winning key and is scheduled to take delivery of his new 2017 Chevrolet Silverado at Nereson Chevrolet in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.
Neisen works for Fevig Oil and Propane based in Felton, Minnesota. People across Mahnomen County know him when he pulls up to their home or business to deliver fuel. The 38 year-old is married to Kimberly Scott-Neisen, an accountant for the White Earth RTC. The couple have four children. Chad Neisen is a Mahnomen county native where his Dad still farms. “Our family and friends are avid hunters. Most fall days you’ll find us out before dawn setting a trailer full of decoys for geese and ducks, or we’re in orange camo hunting deer,” said Neisen. “Attending and contributing to our Ducks Unlimited event is a way for us to give back to something that has given us so much enjoyment.”
Minnesota Chevrolet Dealers annually join together contributing a new Chevrolet Silverado 4 X 4 truck as a grand prize in the program. Attendees at Minnesota DU events can win specially commissioned artwork by one of America’s leading outdoor and sporting dog photographers, Lee Kjos of Webster, Minnesota. Artwork winners qualify to win the new truck.
Said Grant Osgood, President of the Select Heartland Chevrolet Dealers, “Each Minnesota DU event works with a neighboring Chevrolet dealer. It’s a perfect grassroots partnership. Helping DU volunteers raise dollars for wetland conservation at local events helps build great customer relationships.” Chevrolet dealers presented Minnesota DU a ceremonial check for $1,861,350 raised for wetland conservation since the program began in 1997. A new Chevrolet Silverado 4 X 4 will be awarded in February 2018 to a person qualifying at a Ducks Unlimited event in Minnesota now through December 2017.
DOGS, DUCKS AND CHEVY TRUCKS has raised over $1.86 million for Minnesota Ducks Unlimited wetland conservation efforts. Pictured here with a ceremonial check at the Minnesota DU State Convention in Willmar, MN on February 11, 2017 are (left to right) Brian Ross, Minnesota Ducks Unlimited State Chair, Baxter, MN, D.J. Raduenz, Stillwater Motors, Stillwater, MN, Tom Brimhall, Minnesota Motors, Fergus Falls, MN, and Ruth Hoefs, Minnesota Ducks Unlimited State Chair-Elect, LeCenter, MN.
19 other new Chevrolet trucks have been awarded since the program began. Past Minnesota new Chevrolet Silverado winners include Mike Kuka, Maple Plain, MN (1998) Gary Ricard, Chatfield, MN (1999), Jay Kimble, Stillwater, MN (2000), Patrick Doyle, Faribault, MN (2001), Marcia Gamer, Farmington, MN (2002), Mike Lidgerding, Wabasha, MN (2003), Ken Cryer, Bloomington, MN (2004), Tom Bollman, Pine Island, MN (2005), Perry Nodsle, Detroit Lakes, MN (2006), Spencer Kvam, Granite Falls, MN (2007), Tim Woelfel, Redwood Falls, MN (2008), Carrie Roble, Frazee, MN (2009), Ruth Hoefs, Le Centre, MN (2010), Colleen Patterson, North Mankato, MN (2011), Robyn Abner, Benson, MN (2012), Tamara Revier, Olivia, MN (2013), Rachel Olson of Benson, MN (2014), Josh Wolf of Glenwood, MN (2015), and Peter Rengel of St. Cloud, MN (2016).
“Each $250 we raise translates into one more acre of wetland preserved for waterfowl and wildlife in North America," said Brian Ross, Minnesota DU State Chair, Baxter, MN. "DU is the largest grassroots member conservation organization in Minnesota and consistently one of the top states in the nation raising dollars for wetlands.” Minnesota DU has over 200 local chapters, conducts close to 250 fund raising events, and lists over 41,000 men, women, and youth as members. In the U.S., Ducks Unlimited has chapters in 50 states and a membership of over 620,000. Ducks Unlimited began in 1937 when lands in the North American waterfowl flyways, particularly the upper Midwest and Canadian Prairie Provinces, were drained and developed. DU counts close to 143 million acres influenced and conserved for wetlands and waterfowl habitat in North America since the 1930’s.
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